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EO Research and Beyond

23-Sep-2010

Entering the RSS world

As many of you know, RSS stands for Research and Service Support. It means that RSS mission is to provide support to both EO research centres and companies providing services based on EO data. But how such support is concretely provided? Well, to put the things simple, let's see the research first and then the service companies.

What can RSS do for supporting your EO Research?

RSS makes available to Earth Observation researchers (from research centres, universities, or even industry) resources for their EO research. "Resources" means first of all EO data (a lot of data, we have huge archives and continuously store new data from many sensors onboard ESA and non-ESA satellites); then, processing capacity (we have a very powerful grid environment where you, as RSS user, can test your new algorithm on very large datasets, improve and validate it, re-iterating this process until you have reached your scientific goal, published your paper, finalised your student's thesis, etc); knowledgeable people (we have a fantastic supportive on-site team dedicated to our users community); and last but not least a brand new component-based processing environment allowing easy creation, chaining and execution of EO data information retrieval components (this is ideal for easily developing and testing new versions of algorithms on reference datasets).

All these things are available now, and there is more to come in the next months...

What can RSS do for your EO Service?

If you work with a company providing services to the Earth Observation market, RSS makes available a Service Support Test Environment where you can test and improve your EO service. Then, once you are satisfied with its performance and reliability, and you decide to provide your customers with its output, you can request us to transfer your service to the Service Support Operational Environment. The on-site team will support you to make it compliant with the service guidelines, and enable it to effectively and efficiently provide your customers with the expected products.

The Service Support Environment can be used as service demonstration environment or permanent test-bed as well. Also in this case of course, you can resort to the on-site team knowledge and support to achieve your goals.

Research and Industry

I have put the things simpler than they are, by separating research and industry. However, the boundary is not that sharp! On the contrary, we would like to stimulate, where possible, fruitful co-operation between researchers and industry, by supporting both in using and sharing our resources.

Such co-operation could really lead to fertile and virtuous scenarios for both. By resorting to RSS resources, of course!